ASSET bill gets 2nd hearing tomorrow

By: Suzanne Nogami Email
By: Suzanne Nogami Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Local colleges and universities could see an increase in students if a new bill passes.

Senate Bill 33, or the ASSET bill, will get a 2nd reading on the House floor tomorrow.

The bill would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition if they meet a few requirements, such as, attending a Colorado high school for at least three years and graduating or getting a G.E.D.

They must also be accepted to a Colorado college and seek lawful presence.

"They've been in our schools, they've been members of our community and in our churches for years," said Thomas Acker, with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition.

13 states already allow in-state tuition for undocumented students, and six states, including Colorado, prohibit in-state tuition or enrollment of undocumented students.

If everything goes well for the ASSET bill, the in-state tuition for these students would start in the fall.

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